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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 18th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: February 18th, 2019

Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Verlander, Cole, and Rogers all had live batting practice sessions this weekend as we gear up for the first game of Spring Training (Astros.com)And they were surrounded by some young Astros who are a little awestruck at their first big league camp (Texas Sports Nation)And if Verlander has his way, he’ll be impressing the young bucks for another decade (Detroit Free Press)Speaking of impressing at Spring Training, Yuli Gurriel will be trying out some different in field positions this month (Houston Chronicle)While Stassi...
Detroit Free Press Feb 16, 2019
Ex-Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander wants to pitch until he's 45. Here's his plan

Ex-Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander wants to pitch until he's 45. Here's his plan

Justin Verlander has settled in as the ace of the Houston Astros. The ex-Detroit Tigers star hopes to pitch another 10 years.        
Tampa Bay Times Feb 15, 2019
Astros' Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander rip Rays' use of the opener strategy

Astros' Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander rip Rays' use of the opener strategy

Astros starters Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are the latest veteran pitchers to criticize the innovative opener pitching strategy introduced by the Rays last season.
The Crawfish Boxes Feb 15, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: February 15th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: February 15th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News If you need help getting pumped, check out these pics from the first day of Spring Training (Mission Control)Out of MLB’s top 100 players in baseball, Altuve and Bregman clocked in at 6 and 7 (Twitter)Verlander has expanded on his thoughts when it comes to free agency and rebuilding teams (Houston Chronicle)While Cole expanded on his thoughts about “the Opener” (Texas Sports Nation)Now if only they both would expand on their contracts with the Astros so we don’t have to worry so much about 2020 (Houston...
Detroit Free Press Feb 14, 2019
Ex-Detroit Tigers' pitcher Justin Verlander on fatherhood: 'It's been a lot of fun'

Ex-Detroit Tigers' pitcher Justin Verlander on fatherhood: 'It's been a lot of fun'

Longtime Detroit Tgers pitcher Justin Verlander and his wife, model Kate Upton, became first-time parents Nov. 7.        

Nationals' Scherzer, Astros' Verlander concerned about game

Two more aces are expressing concern about how major league teams are playing their cards.
Detroit Free Press Feb 14, 2019
Justin Verlander: Some teams are 'hiding behind the rebuilding phrase'

Justin Verlander: Some teams are 'hiding behind the rebuilding phrase'

Justin Verlander on how life has changed as a father, and why he feels teams are "hiding behind the rebuild phrase" to not spend money Feb. 14, 2019.        
Detroit Free Press Feb 14, 2019
Houston Astros' Justin Verlander explains how he can keep pitching into his 40s

Houston Astros' Justin Verlander explains how he can keep pitching into his 40s

Houston Astros RHP Justin Verlander wants to pitch into his 40s and explains how can he make that happen, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 14, 2019.        
Detroit Free Press Feb 11, 2019
Opinion: Justin Verlander calls out MLB's free-agency system as 'broken,' and he's right

Opinion: Justin Verlander calls out MLB's free-agency system as 'broken,' and he's right

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander cant believe that free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned.        
Bless You Boys Feb 11, 2019
Justin Verlander has opinions on free agency

Justin Verlander has opinions on free agency

And don’t come for him about Manny Machado. With pitchers and catchers beginning to report to spring training camps this week, and many All-Star free agents still awaiting a team to sign them, some players are taking to social media to voice their dissatisfaction with a clearly broken system. Among them was former Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who called out rebuilding teams for not doing enough to bolster their ranks. 100 or so free agents left unsigned. System is broken. They blame “rebuilding” but that’s BS. You’re telling me you couldn’t sign Bryce or Manny for 10 years...
The Crawfish Boxes Feb 8, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: February 8th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: February 8th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Turns out Jose Altuve is pretty darn good when you compare him to his contemporaries (Astros County)He will also have one of the better bobbleheads I’ve seen in a while (Instagram)LMJ had a little chat with MLB Network Radio on why he likes a universal DH (MLB Video)So far as extensions go, should the Astros go for Cole or Verlander long term? (Houston Sportsmap)Let’s have a peek at the new look the Astros are bringing to Spring Training (AP News)Speaking of ST, feels like a good time to look at how Forrest Whitley...
Climbing Tal's Hill Feb 6, 2019

Astros: Jeff Luhnow hopes to extend Verlander’s contract

Houston Astros’ GM Jeff Luhnow and starting pitcher Justin Verlander appear to be on the same page about wanting a contract extension. Astros‘ pitching ace Verlander is in the last season of his seven-year $180 million contract and will become a free agent in 2020. That is unless he and Luhnow can possibly work out […] Astros: Jeff Luhnow hopes to extend Verlander’s contract - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 4th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: February 4th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News According to MLB Network’s Shredder, Justin Verlander is the #5 pitcher in all of baseball right now (MLB Video)Devo and the Astros have avoided arbitration by agreeing to $1.525 million in 2019 (Houston Chronicle)I guess it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to try and re-sign Tony Sipp (Climbing Tal’s Hill)He could rejoin the team that’s going to win the 2019 World Series according to Buster Olney (ESPN +, $$$)According to MLBTR’s quick notes, free agent Evan Gattis has remained in contact with some...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 31, 2019
Altuve, Bregman, and Correa Are Already on a Hall of Fame Trajectory

Altuve, Bregman, and Correa Are Already on a Hall of Fame Trajectory

While they’re all still young, Altuve, Bregman, and Correa are already on a pace that stacks up well to Hall of Fame precedent To help ease ourselves through the homestretch of this incredibly mild Hot Stove Season, I’m going to return to the ongoing subplot of the Hall of Fame and current Astros who might one day make it. A few weeks ago, I covered Justin Verlander’s case. I think Justin has already sewed things up, although it might take one or more seasons to pad his numbers and sway the more obstinate voters. Still, most people seemed to agree with my assessment that Verlander is...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 30, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 30th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 30th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Justin Verlander said he “wouldn’t be opposed to” talking extension with the Astros, and neither would I (Twitter)He is here through 2019 at least, so let’s preview the rotation (Last Word on Baseball)Could that rotation include Dallas Keuchel on a team-friendly contract? (Houston Sportsmap)What can we even make of Keuchel’s offseason anyways? (FanGraphs)Even without Lance, the Astros’ rotation ranks 2nd among hardest throwers for 2019 (Astros.com)Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Tyler White’s...

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